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Excelsior University

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Locations:   Albany (NY) 

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62% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of students said they would recommend this school to others
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Felipe F

Reviewed: 10/17/2023

Degree: Nursing

It is all up to the person looking in the mirror, every college has their challenges . Hard work is easy, I went from Paramedic to RN . was not easy but there was no reason to fail. What helped me was knowing two of my co workers had became RN's through this program.


Reviewed: 9/28/2023

Degree: Liberal Arts

The good: Excelsior College accepts more transfer credits that almost any other school. They accept over 100 credits of transfer, so you can get a degree with <15 credits from them. That's unheard of. The bad: Their financial aid office is worthless. They promise you huge aid packages, just to cancel it after the disbursement date/final drop deadline passes. Then you're stuck footing the bill for a lot of the money yourself. And no, my external aid sources (fed gov't/Pell) cannot be blamed. Excelsior... Read More

Dawn Jones

Reviewed: 6/20/2023

Degree: Nursing

The grading system is the worst I've ever seen in any college setting. The CPNE was thrown out, so the school have to make up for it some how. You will do hours upon hours of Prep-U quizzes which leaves little time for studying for exams. The 30+ quizzes you have to take is worth 1% of your grade, test are 30-50%, quizzes are 30%. That's just about an automatic fail if you fail a test. Books are over $2000 dollars and they expire.

Jeffrey Russell Zamoida

Reviewed: 6/17/2023

Degree: Liberal Studies

We sometimes forget the circles we run in when we write on social media. It wasn't very comforting to see people interpreting what others have stated about getting their degrees quickly. Many of these professionals come from the U.S. military, which trains every individual to the degree of their capability to work professionally in high-demand technical career fields. The history of Regents, Excelsior College, and Excelsior University is very steep in rigorously vetting official educational records... Read More

Bill Notice.

Reviewed: 5/25/2023

Degree: Liberal Arts

It is what it is. I started at Excelsior to become a Nurse. College misinformation and errors on my part meant I ran out of time. Not entirely Excelsior's fault. Excelsior does a great job when you are salvaging your abandon credits from other traditional colleges into something. Some classes I was able to use were almost thirty years old. (Obviously science and technical courses, not so much.) Some online courses with over 5-year-old textbooks that you can buy on EBAY for 5 bucks makes the course... Read More

Mary L Powell

Reviewed: 4/30/2023

Degree: Nursing

I graduated from Excelsior College years ago with an associated science in nursing. Yes, it required lots of studying time. One of the reasons many LPN doesn't do good because they fail to think on rn level, they want to continue lpn mentality. Yes at first it was difficult for me, I soon realized I had to move out of the practical nurse mode to thinking as registered nurse. I will always remember this school because it was where I started in the 90s. It open many doors for me. However, I pursued... Read More

Great experience

Reviewed: 3/19/2023

Degree: Nursing

I see a lot of negative reviews on this school for the nursing program, but I on the other hand loved it. Because I travel a lot, it was great to be able to access my classes on my own time from my own computer. The key to this school (especially the nursing curriculum) is to definitely learn how to take the initiative to study and learn the lessons on your own. This is not to say you are literally on your own, as the classes provide you with all needed materials and information, you just have to... Read More


Reviewed: 11/28/2022


Incompetent college. I've attended a variety of top tier, private, public, and other types of colleges over the years, but Excelsior has been the worst. Professors claim to use some arbitrary rubric, but grading is all over the map. Assignments are a complete waste of time. Though unqualified, professors are often arrogant. The capstone and cornerstone courses are pointless busy work, at best. Financial aid is a joke. They claim you'll get all sorts of aid, but undo that aid halfway through the semester,... Read More


Reviewed: 10/29/2022

Degree: Nursing

I did the LPN to RN program and went back to do MSN program. It was not easy but doable. It's designed to be tough and makes you think. The reviews on CPNE are correct- I actually failed the frist time but passed the second. Looking back, I think it's because I thought I knew everything- obviously I didn't. You have to have a pretty tough outer shell to do it. I've been in my dream job for a long time now. Go for it!


Reviewed: 10/25/2022

Degree: Business

Overall I have had wonderful experience with Excelsior. I have been enrolled for a few years and it has been very flexible with my military career. Others have stated that they have had issues with Military TA but I have not had any issues personally. Additionally, instructors and advisors have always been easy for me to get in contact with. I did notice in this last class that the instructor seemed like a robot because he would respond to discussion questions with unrelated topics that didn't apply.... Read More

Valerie Gazzuolo

Reviewed: 10/21/2022

Degree: Nursing

I graduated with an associates degree in nursing in 1984. Then we had to come to Albany and do a 2 day test for clinical competency. I passed in the 2nd attempt and took my boards in New York. Scored high no problems. For me this program gave me the opportunity I could not get in Ohio. I decided on a well known college for my BSN and double Master's because at the time on-line school were not well thought of... I currently work as the ADON for a traditional college. I would recommend this school... Read More


Reviewed: 9/29/2022

Degree: Liberal Studies

The "teachers" at Excelsior "College" (and now they're calling themselves "University") are sometimes bots and people in the administration office cutting and pasting "feedback". I guess a lot of Excelsior students get their degrees paid for by someone else, so they don't care how low the quality of the "education" they're getting is but if you want to actually have an intelligent conversation with anyone, look elsewhere. You might have to do what I did and enroll at a brick and mortar campus with... Read More

Dawn Clark

Reviewed: 9/28/2022

Degree: Nursing

I graduated with my Associates Degree in Nursing in 2010. Excelsior allowed me the opportunity to bridge from Paramedic to RN and move forward with my career as at the time I was a single mother with 2 children working full time as a Paramedic. Since that time I worked as an ER nurse, travel nurse across the U.S. and have been a successful flight nurse for the last 10 years. I have obtained my CEN, CFRN and BSN which I received from University of Texas at Arlington. I would not have been able to... Read More

Excelsior treated me like garbage

Reviewed: 9/15/2022

Degree: Liberal Arts

Go to ANY other college. This excuse of an institution treated me, as a student, like absolute garbage. Their staff input my courses incorrectly and created an issue with my tuition assistance from the military. They refused to help me resolve the issue in any way. I repeatedly reached out to resolve the issue and was actively ignored. Instead, they demanded money from me that was owed by the military and harassed me to drive me into compliance. To be clear, i understand how to use militsry tuition... Read More

This will only cost you $$$

Reviewed: 9/15/2022

Degree: Nursing

I was initially excited about this program being it was flexible online instruction for the already working Nurse. However, one of my instructors (one that used to instruct the old CPNE's the school used to require), would fail people for very petty nick picky things that were not even part of the Rubric we were instructed to follow to a "T." We had to video ourselves completing a head to toe assessment. Shouldn't be that hard considering we are all already Nurses and do this every single day. So,... Read More


Reviewed: 8/5/2022

Degree: Health Sciences

I had a really good experience here. I was able to complete 2 years of school (16 classes) within 13 months. It's not recommended to take so many at a time (I took 3-4 at once for half of it) but I managed. I already had an associates and I attended that community college and a university in person. My instruction here was just as good and on par with online classes I've taken at both the CC and in person Uni. I chose Excelsior because it was affordable and offered my degree program (I had to move... Read More

A. Richardson

Reviewed: 6/13/2022

Degree: Engineering Technology

I have found all of the the staff to be very responsive. There is an abundance of helpful resources and free tutoring available 24-7. It is a tough program and I am learning a lot. It is fast paced and requires commitment. I enrolled on the recommendation of a former co-worker who is alumni and is now working as an electrical engineer. So far I am very happy with Excelsior. I am in my 4th, 8 week term.


Reviewed: 5/4/2022

Degree: Criminal Justice

Do not attend business tech at all. The professor waits weeks into the semester to tell you something is wrong with format and language of you assignments then the last two weeks of class stops basing your grade on the format so by then your already failing. Waiting my money and got charged for student loans that were lied about

Brittany Shahan

Reviewed: 5/4/2022

Degree: Nursing

ADN program was horrible. Excelsior told me that it would take 3 months to get scheduled for final 3 day in hospital test (which I had to travel for). In reality, took over a year to get scheduled which put me way behind on my goals. The test wasn't realistic and was only memorization. It was such a poor experience that I haven't wanted to leave a review because I didn't even want to deal with having to think about it. I am in a BSN program online right now with another school and am having an amazing... Read More


Reviewed: 4/1/2022

Degree: Organizational Leadership

The instruction is fine but the academic advising and billing department leave a lot to be desired. For military students, this will cost a good deal out of pocket. Each book must be bought and this semester, there was a technology fee of $60 each class. The advising team is slow to respond if at all; if you are using TA, getting approval from your service may be difficult if you are expecting them to respond in the same week. Overall, their degree program is not unique and due to expanded fees and... Read More

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